Did you hear the one about the cheesemaker and the dentist who decided to get their teeth into something new and came together to produce top-notch gin? Kāpiti News editor David Haxton meets the makers of Kiwi gin indiginous.

Knowing someone who knows someone can go a long way, and it's a big part of the reason two mates decided to set up a distillery in Kāpiti.

And already the new craft gin distillery in the backblocks of Reikorangi has received top recognition in a major international competition.

The distillery, called indiginous, scooped second place in the Australasian category of